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The Interview

Only a few people really enjoy job interviews, but here are some hints to take some of the pain out of the process

First, do your research.

The more you know about the job and the company the better. Look at the company’s website for case studies and background and find out who its competitors are. Do not be afraid to take notes in with you and make notes during the interview – it proves you are prepared.

Be punctual. It is better to be half an hour early than a minute late.

Dress for the interview. When faced with a difficult question, do not panic. Interviewers ask challenging questions to see how you can think on your feet and cope with stress.

HERE ARE SOME HINTS

  • Faced with a difficult question, there is nothing wrong with a brief, contemplative pause before answering.

  • Look for opportunities to turn the question round and sell yourself.

  • Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you do not understand it. Try to work out what the interviewer is trying to find out.

  • Remember the interview is a two-way process. You are there to listen as well as talk.

  • Do not ramble.

  • Always give positive information.

THERE ARE SOME STANDARD QUESTIONS THAT ARE LIKELY TO COME UP IN ANY INTERVIEW:

Tell me about yourself.

This is a good chance to impress an employer, but it is a deceptively simple question. The employer is interested in how you would fit into the company, so keep your answers as pertinent to the company as possible.

Why do you want this job?

The employer wants to know that you are genuinely interested in the company, and not just looking for something to tide you over. Say that you view the position as your natural next step. Demonstrate your knowledge and make all that research you have done worthwhile.

Why should we offer you this job?

You need to show how you can add skills or ideas to the job. Think about the industry and how your experience and abilities could benefit the company.

What has been your biggest success at work?

The interviewer wants to see that you can use your initiative. Think in advance of some key moments from past jobs that demonstrate how well you handle different situations.

Why did you choose this career path?

You need to convince the interviewer that you have a clear idea of the industry. Stress what aspects attract you.

Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?

Although it is difficult to predict the future, the employer wants to hire someone with drive and a sense of purpose. They also want to know they can depend on you and figure out if they can offer what you really want. Avoid choosing specific job titles you aspire to, instead mention skills and responsibilities you would like to take on.

END OF INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

At the end of every interview you are usually asked if you have any questions. Most people are so relieved to get through the interview that they do not ask anything and leave. You should write down and bring with you five questions to ask about the company and the team you will be working with. This will provide you with a better insight to the way the company works and again prove you have done some research.

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